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Scenes From LAFD Resuscitation Academy

on September 30, 2017 - 7:13am

Representatives of EMS agencies from throughout the state attend the classroom portion of the Resuscitation Academy hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department Friday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, left, and LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry chat with Chief James Brothers of Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the LAFD-sponsored Resuscitation Academy Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Capt. James Benson of Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department, left, and

PEEC: Earth Art Workshop Oct. 8

on September 30, 2017 - 5:59am
Earth art photo by Liz Martinea. Courtesy/PEEC

Green to Yellow Leaves by Andy Goldsworthy. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Sunday, Oct. 8, local artist and educator Liz Martineau will offer an Earth Art Workshop for adults and children at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Based on the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, Earth Art provides participants inspiration to create their own works of art using natural materials. The workshop is $8 for individuals and $10 for a pair of artists working together. Advance registration is available at www.peecnature.org.
 
Earth Art is a form of

It's A Good Time For Seeing Tarantulas In Bandelier – And Lots Of Other Places In New Mexico

on September 30, 2017 - 5:47am
Tarantulas found in the Bandelier National Monument area. Courtesy/NPS Photo
 
NPS News:
 
Around here, in Bandelier National Monument and many other parts of New Mexico, everyone starts noticing tarantulas about this time of year. 
 
Autumn is the time when males mature and start out on their quest to find a mate. This exposes them to many dangers, from hawks and skunks, which want to eat them, to fast-moving cars, to people who just find them creepy and may think they should be squashed. 
 
Tarantulas have been around for more than 16 million years, and comprise more than 900

Birth Talk Los Alamos Meets Monday At FSN

on September 29, 2017 - 9:04am

Birth Talk Los Alamos meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday and invites those who have suffered pregnancy and infant loss to attend. The meeting is at Family Strengths Network at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy/BTLA

BTLA News:

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. Approximately 1 in 4 women will lose a pregnancy at some point in their lives, and in the US approximately 5 in 1,000 infants are stillborn or do not live more than a month.

Loss is a difficult and often taboo subject, but it is an important conversation to have.

JJAB And County Library System Host Pizza & Paints

on September 29, 2017 - 8:16am

Samples of artwork a group of Los Alamos Middle School students created during the Pizza and Painting event Wednesay at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

A student provides an inspirational message in their artwork. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News: 

Los Alamos Middle School students met Wednesday afternoon in "The Zone" at Mesa Public Library for "Pizza and Painting."

Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) sponsored the event in conjunction with the Los Alamos County Library System.

Twenty-five students created original art pieces and enjoyed social time and pizza.

LAHS Natural Helpers Targets Student Well-being

on September 29, 2017 - 8:00am

Natural Helpers posted hearts displaying every students' name. Students were told to find their hearts Monday morning and by the end of the week, if someone had shown kindness toward them, to give them their heart. Photo by Serenity Maestas/ladailypost.com

By SERENITY MAESTAS
Los Alamos Daily Post
Student Intern

Los Alamos High School has various clubs that deal with academics, sports, foreign language and school spirit, but only one club focuses on the well-being of the students at LAHS, and that club is known as Natural Helpers.

Natural Helpers was formed several years ago by a few seniors

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Become An EMT, CNA Or PCA At UNM-LA

on September 29, 2017 - 6:17am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) offers programs that train students to meet specific needs in our community, including the fields of emergency medicine and health care.

In 2013, UNM-LA developed an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. In 2016, the college began offering the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program, and then in the Spring of 2017 the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program was added. Transfer programs in Pre-Professional Health are also available.

The EMS, CNA and PCA programs prepare students to work in fields that have a very high employment potential.

LAHS Senior Class Is Selling Eyeblacks, Cow Bells Today And Friday

on September 28, 2017 - 12:23pm

LAHS News: 

The Los Alamos High School senior class wants you to get in the Homecoming Spirit. They are selling eyeblacks for $2 a pair and cow bells for $5 each during lunch and after school today and Friday.  They also will sell during the Homecoming game Friday night.

 “It’s a great way

to show your school spirit and support the Class of 2018,” Class President Sophia Sivils said. The eyeblacks come as a pair and say Homecoming 2017. The cowbells are green with “Go Hilltoppers” printed on them.

 For more information, contact Connie Goettee, class sponsor, at clgoettee@gmail.com or

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IRS: Parents, Students Check Out College Tax Benefits

on September 28, 2017 - 10:37am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  With back-to-school season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students about tax benefits that can help with the expense of higher education.
 
Two college tax credits apply to students enrolled in an eligible college, university or vocational school. Eligible students include the taxpayer, their spouse and dependents.
 
American Opportunity Tax Credit
 
The American Opportunity Tax Credit, (AOTC) can be worth a maximum annual benefit of $2,500 per eligible student.

Nature Center Talk: Sally King Presents Bandelier’s Recent Pika Population Research

on September 28, 2017 - 8:34am

An adult pika perched on a rock. Photo by Sally King/NPS

PEEC News:

What does the future hold for pikas in the Jemez Mountains? Bandelier Interpretive Ranger Sally King will share results from recent research on the elusive American Pika at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

This presentation is free thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Bandelier National Monument.

King will discuss the natural history of this remarkable critter and share photos and newly released data from studies conducted at Bandelier.

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 28, 2017 - 6:42am
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this weekend.
 
The new film Dark Matter Mystery premieres at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new movie will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
What do astronomers mean when they say 27% of the observable universe is made of dark matter, and only 5% is the visible matter that we can see?

Geology Outing With Patrick Rowe To Windmill Fossil Site And Shark’s Tooth Ridge Oct. 14

on September 28, 2017 - 6:42am
A Pebble Pup and parent show off what they found while exploring the windmill site with Patrick Rowe last fall. Pebble Pups is a geology club for youth ages 6 to 10. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Saturday, Oct. 14, local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing to the Cabezon Peak area in search of geological treasures at two sites.
 
Participants can expect to find minerals and marine fossils at the windmill site, and Shark’s Tooth Ridge is aptly named for the fossilized teeth from five species of Cretaceous Period sharks that the group will find.

PEEC Offers Autumn Art Classes With Lisa Coddington

on September 28, 2017 - 6:15am
Blooming artichoke by Lisa Coddington
 
PEEC News:
 
Instructor and artist Lisa Coddington is offering two workshops (one on Thursday, Oct. 12, and the other on Saturday, Oct. 14) that focus on drawing and painting fascinating natural subjects of Autumn.
 
These classes, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and focus on creating colorful, intricate leaves.
 
In both the Oct. 12 and Oct. 14 classes participants will explore making color charts and creating their own colorful leaves.

Best Bear Sighting Yet

on September 28, 2017 - 6:06am

Aspen Elementary School student Athena Preston's mother, Annette Preston always comes up with the most impressive hairstyles for Crazy Hair Day. Photo by Daniel Preston 

PEEC Organizes Natural Arch Hike Oct. 8

on September 27, 2017 - 9:21am
Natural Arch. Photo by Chris Swanson
 
PEEC News:
 
Have you seen the rather elusive natural arch? Sunday, Oct. 8, avid hiker Chris Swanson will lead an afternoon hike to the local window rock. This hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.
 
To participate, register online at www.peecnature.org. Afterward, meet Chris and other hikers at 1 p.m., Oct. 8 at Mitchell Trailhead (corner of Arizona and 45th streets). Participants need to bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and good hiking shoes or boots.
 
Swanson is a long time avid hiker and trail runner

Chick Keller To Lead Final Wildflower Walk Of 2017

on September 27, 2017 - 7:57am
Wildflower expert Chick Keller leads the last wildflower walk of the season Oct. 2. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography
 
PEEC News:
 
What is blooming now on the Pajarito Plateau? Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species.
 
This last wildflower walk of the season is free and no advance registration is required. Participants receive a plant list that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify the late blooming wildflowers in

Outdoor Nature Loom Project And Workshop Oct. 4

on September 27, 2017 - 7:43am
A Nature Loom created from sticks and leaves that caught the artist’s interest. Photo by Liz Martineau
 
PEEC News:

An eight-foot tall Nature Loom will be added Oct. 4 to the Los Alamos Nature Center’s outdoor nature play area.

To celebrate, teacher and artist Liz Martineau is holding a nature loom workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Participants will create their own small nature loom and contribute to the community loom. Space in the workshop is limited, so sign up soon at peecnature.org.
 
The workshop is limited to 15 people.

PAC 8: Students Create Suicide Prevention Videos

on September 26, 2017 - 10:04pm

Students at PAC 8 create three suicide prevention videos with the help of a grant from 100+ Women Who Care. Courtesy/PAC 8

A 100+ Women Who Care grant helps students at PAC 8 create three suicide prevention videos. Courtesy/PAC 8

PAC 8 News:

Students at PAC 8 have created three suicide prevention videos with the help of a grant from 100+ Women Who Care.

The videos have been playing at the Reel Deal Theater and on PAC 8. PAC 8 teachers helped students learn how to write a script, work with cameras, act and edit.

The first PSA focused on the warning signs of a suicidal person: 

LAFD Bike Team Demonstrates Safety To Girl Scouts

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am

The Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team over the weekend discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety

PEEC: Los Luceros Birding Trip Oct. 7

on September 26, 2017 - 8:50am

The Rio Grande at Los Luceros. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a special opportunity Saturday, Oct. 7 to go birding at New Mexico Historic Site Los Luceros.

The trip will be led by expert birder Joe Fitzgibbon, and is $10 per person for PEEC members and $12 per person for all others. This birding trip is limited to 12 participants, and expected to fill quickly.

Los Luceros is a local gem of the New Mexico Historic Sites, and was once nominated as an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). More than 150 bird species have been seen at Los Luceros,

Study: New Mexico 8th Worst State For Teachers

on September 26, 2017 - 6:22am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and a number of states, such as Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota, currently facing pension crises that adversely affect their educators, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Teachers.

In order to help educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.
 

Daily Postcard: Double Rainbow Over LAHS

on September 26, 2017 - 5:25am

Daily Postcard: A double rainbow appears Saturday over Los Alamos High School. Photo by Amy Casson

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 25, 2017 - 11:32am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this month. 
 
Dark Matter Mystery will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new show will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
Dark Matter Mystery sheds light on a seemingly intangible substance that makes up nearly a third of a third of the observable Universe.

Letter To The Editor: Changes To New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards

on September 25, 2017 - 11:31am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently released a draft of proposed changes to New Mexico STEM-ready science standards to be voted during the hearing Oct. 16.
 
They can be read in full on the PED website (http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PublicNotices.html), under rule 6.29.10. These proposed changes scrap facts like the age of the Earth and the fact that temperatures have been steadily rising in the past years. The word evolution has also been taken out.
 
As a mother, a scientist, and a science educator, I find such censoring alarming,

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